Clear Estimates is a construction estimating system created by remodelers, for remodelers. The company is run by an award-winning, father-son team with years of experience in the remodeling business.
Clear Estimates allows contractors to create estimates, produce bid requests, draft proposals, manage customers, and more. It integrates with QuickBooks and allows you to export project estimates and customer information into the system. It also relies on the well-known RemodelMAX database for material and labor cost information. This allows you to get up-to-date pricing from over 400 regions in the country.
While originally intended for remodelers, the system can be customized to meet the unique needs of most trades, so long as they are working on residential projects. This includes custom and production homebuilders, design/build firms, finishing contractors, roofing and siding contractors, and other specialty contractors. It is designed for smaller companies that generate less than $5 million in revenue annually.
Clear Estimates offers a unique pricing model. Even though the software is deployed on-premise (i.e. installed on your computer), you pay month-to-month instead of a large upfront sum. Additionally, there is no minimum contract. This is an appealing option for small, independent contractors.
Craig from Almar Building and Remodel
Specialty: Design/build firm
Employees number: 11 to 20 employees
This product too our company easily from doing estimates on a "yellow legal pad" to a customized software that makes our proposals look more professional than any of our competitors.
Wish that you could have multiple logins to the same parts catalog.
Look at how the final proposal looks compared to other software. The proposals that CE put together are easily edited and formatted to meet your needs. It sets us apart and our clients love the level of detail that it provides
Richard from Do'It Right Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Employees number: 6 to 10 employees
This software site has a definite ease of accessibility, you can quickly visit the app and input customer information and pull up a detail proposal on you project in a respectively short amount of time
Only real drawback I've seen is that the templates and available data need to be added to. There is a mountain of data available to provide quotes on projects but there could be much much more, I've many times run into a situation where that pricing simply isn't here. However this app is the best in it's field based on price, accessibility, and output of the required paperwork once you've properly setup your account with your personal information.
Proper setup of your personal account information to get your desired look is most important, also hit the "Save" button very frequently to avoid frustration or loss of information while adding items to your quote
Howard from Simons Brothers Inc
Specialty: General contractor
Employees number: 2 to 5 employees
I have enjoyed the added features which have evolved over time. The product support team is great! hey actually listen to the voice of the customer and have continuous exchange of dialog. I don't believe I have experienced this much with software companies. Just recently i borrowed a tablet with a keyboard and brought it with me to look at a potential job. I was able to quickly generate the majority of the estimate in real time. When I returned to my office, I completed within 1/2 hour. Saved myself alot of time. Using touch screen also helps moving around.
For the online version, I would like to be able to save a local copy of the data base and use it off line. If i can
Try and compare to other s/w on the market like I did
Randall from Columbus Handyman
Date: May 2013
Software produces the most professional looking proposals. The cost database is easily edited. I experienced a short learning curve to be up and running and producing accurate estimates and proposals.
Todd from Fields Remodeling
Date: February 2012
I have been using Clear Estimates for several months now and I love it. This program has raised my revenue 70%.
Lupe from Construction
Date: November 2011
I have tried other software in a 4 month voyage when I started working back in construction. The other software was a NIGHTMARE and you have to pay additional fees just to understand it. Clear Estimates seemed to have ease of use and great customer service. The guy you speak with is VERY nice and understanding of your needs. The only downfall is that it does not have Commercial bidding prices. If it did, I would use it for that as well. Try it yourself for his initial fee of I think $5.00. The first time I tried it out, I canceled it before the end of the initial promo and had absolutely no trouble getting my refund. After test-driving other software, I came back to Clear Estimates since it seemed to meet many of my needs. Very easy to use once you get initial coaching.